DEATH VALLEY’S INN AT FURNACE CREEK TO OPEN FOR SEASON; OASIS IN DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK HAS BEEN ESPECIALLY POPULAR WITH COUPLES SINCE LATE 1920s

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DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, October 10, 2013 – Regardless of what happens with the government shutdown, the Inn at Furnace Creek will open for the season Friday, Oct. 11.

Because it is located on private land surrounded by Death Valley National Park, Furnace Creek Resort is an “inholding” not subject to the closures affecting lodges in other national parks.

Additionally, the main roads running through the park are California state highways that remain open.

“The government has shut down the surrounding park, but they cannot shut down our spectacular sunsets or stargazing,” said Rich Jones, general manager of Furnace Creek Resort. “The golf course, swimming pool and dining room are in perfect condition and ready for the season to start as well.”

“The Inn” has been a favorite relaxing – and usually romantic – getaway for decades.

Located in a lush, green oasis where the waters from mountain runoff spring from the side of a hill, the Inn at Furnace Creek opened February 1, 1927 with 12 guest rooms, a dining room and lobby area. Over the years, additions were constructed and improvements made until the Inn reached its current level of 66 rooms in 1935.

It quickly became a popular getaway for residents of Southern California, including the Hollywood types who wanted to enjoy low-key golf, tennis and pool time without signing autographs. In 1939, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard honeymooned there, and many stars have visited since.

A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the Inn still attracts many Californians but is popular with international travelers and those from across the United States, especially when they want to get away from the neon lights of Las Vegas, the closest major city 2½ hours away.

Since 1982 the hotel has received the prestigious AAA Four-Diamond Award. The award recognizes the quality of the facilities and the level of service that Inn guests have come to appreciate over the years.

The Inn at Furnace Creek will remain open through Sunday brunch May 11, 2014.

The resort also offers a variety of packages that feature golf and accommodations, progressive discounts for seniors and special rates on selected dates throughout the season.

Just a short shuttle ride away is the family-friendly Ranch at Furnace Creek featuring features 224 rooms in a casual setting, general store, spring-fed swimming pool, tennis courts, horseback riding, the Borax Museum, dining at the Wrangler Buffet and ‘49er Café, cocktails at the Corkscrew Saloon and a flow-through swimming pool. The Ranch at Furnace Creek is open year-round.

For more information about facilities in Death Valley National Park or to make reservations, call toll free at 1-800-236-7916 or 1-303-297-2757 or go to www.furnacecreekresort.com.